Sarana pleads guilty, fined Rs. 1000

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Former Development Lotteries Board Chairman Sarana Gupta Gunawardane yesterday pleaded guilty for failing to declare his assets and liabilities from 2005 to 2007.

He pleaded guilty to the allegation through his counsel before Colombo Chief Magistrate Lal Ranasinghe Bandara.

Subsequently, the Chief Magistrate directed the prisons authority to obtain finger prints of the suspect to peruse any previous offences and fixed July 20 to impose penalties.

Earlier, the Bribery Commission filed two cases against the suspect under the non assets declaration Act for two years.

Mr. Gunawardena also has nine on going cases filed by the Bribery Commission over offences falling under corruption while serving DLB chairman.

Under Chapter 63, Section 9 of the Declaration of Assets and Liabilities Act 1975, a person who is convicted of an offence under the Act will be liable to a fine not exceeding one thousand rupees or imprisonment of either description for a term not exceeding one year or to both such fine and imprisonment. (Shehan Chamika Silva)

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  • nick Friday, 07 July 2017 01:01 PM

    law has became so cheap via DM Android App

    ceylon Friday, 07 July 2017 01:16 PM

    its nothing wrong with court.wrong is no justice minister in srilanka to make reforms of laws. via DM Android App

    lkboy Friday, 07 July 2017 01:28 PM

    This made my day! hahahaha..

    Royce Friday, 07 July 2017 02:21 PM

    Yahapalanaya in action People You voted now dance. via DM Android App

    Wimal Fernando Friday, 07 July 2017 02:24 PM

    No wonder the UN is asking to appoint foreign judges to this country. When the Minister of Justice is the biggest rogue in the country, what do you expect ?

    ijaz Friday, 07 July 2017 02:38 PM

    i too got a form to fill up "Declaration of Assets and Liabilities", bored to fill.. im oki with 1000rs fine ..

    sss Friday, 07 July 2017 03:42 PM

    Going forever further spending people's money. justice delayed is justice denied.

    dinesh Friday, 07 July 2017 04:19 PM

    to earn Rs. 1000/- fine, they wasted probably over Rs. 100,000/- of tax payers money... its just does not COMPUTE for me...something seriously wrong all around.

    Nihal Gunatilake Friday, 07 July 2017 04:42 PM

    Thousand rupees and six months imprisonment is ideal - well balanced punishment. bye- Yahapalana supporter

    Zack Friday, 07 July 2017 04:43 PM

    The traffic fine is more than this. once a judge penalized 10000for single line crossing. absurd. via DM Android App

    ravin Friday, 07 July 2017 05:39 PM

    You make millions and trillions in illegal way. pay 1000/= and make those legal. you are set for life.No wonder Sri Lanka going higher and higher in the world list of corruption nations.

    Lokotthara Friday, 07 July 2017 08:53 AM

    "Budu saranai" to our justice system

    AjithZ Friday, 07 July 2017 09:07 AM

    If the penalty is just 1,000/- Rupees, why bother and waste everyone's time! Surely there are more important cases piled up and dragging on for ages! If the idea is to provide some income to the lawyers that's something since they are the only people benefiting. At least make the penalty in USD terms so the rupee value get adjusted with time.

    prince Friday, 07 July 2017 09:14 AM

    Fine is Rs. 1000 ? Joke of the Year!

    sachith Friday, 07 July 2017 09:14 AM

    What, Rs 1000? what a joke. If its Rs 1000 million assets, even fine would be Rs 1000?This is why politicians do not change these rules and put more and more taxes to people.

    Bat Friday, 07 July 2017 09:20 AM

    Wow...take bribes in millions and do not declare assets...pay 1000 bucks and job done. Gotta love the way law works in SL

    IamSriLanka Friday, 07 July 2017 09:31 AM

    Joke of the day!! at least should have fined the amount it costed the tax payers hearing this case all this time..

    TONY Friday, 07 July 2017 09:57 AM

    IT IS CHEAPER TO PLEAD GUILTY AND PAY THE SMALL FINE THAN CONTEST AND PAY THE LAWYERS FOR THESE RICH PARLIAMENTARIANS

    OBSERVER Friday, 07 July 2017 10:08 AM

    THAT IS WHY THIS IS CALLED AS MIRACLE OF ASIA WITH YAHAPALANAYA

    Umesh Friday, 07 July 2017 10:41 AM

    A monopoly game has bigger fines than this.... what a joke!!

    daily boru Friday, 07 July 2017 11:29 AM

    Bravo our legal system. First class.

    lalith Friday, 07 July 2017 11:45 AM

    There are scientific evidence fast diminishing nation's in this planet 1st to be Eskimos 2nd Pygmies and 3rd will be Srilankans these idiots cotributry factor these kind criminals get away with Rs 1000 they should be beheaded in front of the public for looting public funds.

    gayan Friday, 07 July 2017 12:42 PM

    If you overtake from the left the government wanted to have a fine of Rs 25,000.Not declaring assets the fine is 1000. So before a new constitution please amend such pre historic legislation

    Nostradamus Friday, 07 July 2017 12:51 PM

    1000 Rs fine Was that amount fixed 70 years ago when we were still under the British via DM Android App

    Barana Friday, 07 July 2017 12:53 PM

    Nothing to do with Yahapalanaya--its an antiquated law made in 1975!


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